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UK Canal Map

Our UK canal map shows all the navigable British waterways. It includes all the rivers and canals in England, Wales and Scotland that are suitable for boating along.

UK Canal Map

Burslem Branch Canal Trent & Mersey Canal Conservation Area
Crown Wharf planning protection for heritage
Aberdulais Aqueduct waterways heritage at risk from climate change
new signage
boats in a wide lock on the Caledonian Canal
Limehouse Basin
cheering group of wrg volunteers in hi viz and hard hats
Peaceful scene on the river Cam
Nofolk crab boat going through Castle Mills Lock on the River Foss
new signage
Hammersmith Bridge with boats underneath
Hammersmith Bridge waterways heritage structure at risk
Volunteer wearing a pink top holding uprooted himalayan balsam
Worcester Cathdral overlooking the River Severn
Hammersmith Bridge waterways heritage structure at risk
freight barge on the Aire & Calder
scraping paving
Boat cruising through the pool past moored boats at Little Venice
Boats in Bowling Basin, Forth & Clyde Canal
Volunteer strimming vegetation along the Northampton Arm
Work Party Volunteer
IWA London Walks guide, Charlie Forman
Camden Lock, Regent's Canal
Tree planting team, Wendover Arm
Excavator carrying out groundwork
A section of the Wilts & Berks canal in water
Moored boats at Snarestone Wharf on the Ashby Canal
Limehouse Basin
Rubbish in workboat on the Grand Union Canal
Project team at Wappenshall Basin
Hurleston lock flight
Moored boats on Snarestone Wharf Ashby Canal.
Moored boats and rowers at Exeter basin on the Exeter Ship canal.
Moored boats at the Bridgwater docks on the Bridgwater and Taunton canal.
Gronwen Wharf on the Montgomery Canal
Automatic Weir, River Chelmer
Boats cruising in Handsacre on the Trent & Mersey Canal
a family walking alongside a canal
A moored boat near bridge 88 near Fradley Junction on the Coventry Canal
Clayton Le Moors, Leeds & Liverpool Canal by Pauline McGill
Derelict and overgrown Frodsham Lock
Bridge 25, Middlewich Branch
Overgrown locks at Hanwell on the Grand Union Canal
Waterworks River Path, Bowback Rivers
IWA Chelmsford Branch Litter Pick, January 2020
Work Party Volunteer
Historic boat descending through a lock flight
Steamship Danny, moored by the Pumphouse at the Albert Docks in Liverpool
Canoeists in a lock with building and people around
Canal hire boat on canal in front of house



British waterways map

All the British waterways that are suitable for boating on are plotted on our UK canal map. This includes canals and navigable rivers.

Also on our UK canal map are the waterways that were used for boating on in the past. Some of these canals are being restored, whilst others are derelict.

How many miles of canals are there in the UK?

There are 5,000 miles of canals and rivers that are navigable in Britain. 2,700 miles of UK canals and rivers are connected up to form a waterways network.

Waterways Directory

There were once 7,000 miles of canals and navigable rivers in mainland Britain. Today 5,000 are navigable, with 2,700 of those miles forming the connected waterways system of England and Wales.

You can find information about all the navigation authorities, and more facts and figures about the waterways, by signing up to receive a copy of our Waterway Directory.

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Who maintains the UK’s canals and rivers?

The UK’s canals and navigable rivers are managed by navigation authorities